Arvin Fletcher looking forward to redshirt-sophomore season after promising start
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- From a redshirt season in 2016 to starting all 13 games in 2017, Southern Miss offensive lineman Arvin Fletcher has a lot to take pride in.
Head coach Jay Hopson last year even went so far as to call Fletcher "the best offensive lineman in the state" when he came out of Germantown High School in Madison. Fletcher definitely proved there was some truth in that, as the Golden Eagles won eight games and made the Independence Bowl behind him at left guard. Not only that, Fletcher was also a two-way player on the line in his prep days.
"I was just better at offense," he said regarding his switch to full-time offense in college. "In high school, I took my majority of reps there. I played some defense just to help the team. Coach Hopson told me when I got here that I would definitely be an offense for him."
Fletcher has also picked up on what he has to do to improve himself and his team this spring.
"I learned I need to be more of a leader," he said. "We have a lot of new and young guys playing, like Trace Clopton who's a true freshman, so being more of a vocal leader and stepping up to keep energy high even in the heat."
While every position group deals with changes due to graduation and the like, Fletcher says there are certainly ways to keep consistency and continuity going forward.
"We just come out and work hard with Coach [Erik] Losey," he said. "It's everything from the start of practice with drills and staying consistent. We need to make sure we do the little things right."
Southern Miss is home for the first two weeks of the 2018 season when it hosts Jackson State (Sept. 1) and ULM (Sept. 8). Season tickets are available by visiting SouthernMissTickets.com, calling 1-800-844-TICK, or stopping by the Pat Ferlise Center during normal business hours.